Dating Services at the Luminescence dating laboratory
Under the direction of Doctor M. I. Dias, this laboratory provides dating service for ceramics, lithics, and sediments using optically-stimulated luminescence (OSL) and thermoluminescence (TL). This allows researchers to date materials that cannot be dated using other techniques. Additionally, since it is capable of directly dating cultural materials such as ceramics, the bridging arguments between dating events and target events are minimized. With this method we are also capable of dating sediments in order to elucidate depositional sequences at archaeological sites. If you are interested in developing a project, or in the dating or other luminescence analysis of a site or group of samples, please contact us as early as possible so that we can help to optimise sampling strategy and design of the work program to address the questions that you intend to investigate. For service work, just as in research projects, following consultation we will normally aim to perform the sampling ourselves, accompanied by the client/colleague. In this way we have the best chance of maximizing the information obtained per sample analysed.
Our luminescence dating service works closely with clients in industry, archaeological organizations, environmental institutes, private and public entities managing cultural heritage assets and other academic groups.